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Santa Fe lawyer appointed to new judgeship

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe lawyer has been appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to a newly created district court judgeship but will only serve temporarily until the general election.

Martinez announced Tuesday that Jennifer Attrep will fill the new spot on the 1st Judicial District Court in Santa Fe until the end of the year. Attrep’s appointment fills a position created with the signing of a new law establishing additional judgeships throughout the state.

The Democratic Party has nominated Matthew Wilson, a district judge who lost in the primary election, to appear on the ballot for the position.

The GOP hasn’t announced a nominee.

Normally, candidates for a judgeship would face off in a primary. But because the position wasn’t officially available until May, there was not enough time for candidates to participate in the primary.